The board is dangerous at any speed. I've gone back to wearing full pads after my nosedive couple weeks back. Was balancing at a stoplight yesterday and my mind wondered, lost my balance and instinctively only took my back foot off the board. Big mistake as we all know. Board shot forwards, I did the splits and tore the muscle on my inner thigh. Don't get me wrong I love the OW and it's a great ride, but man you gotta give the board your full attention since IMO it can fu*k you up at any time/speed.
Posts made by magrider
RE: Do not ride at high speed!
RE: Pushback on the OW+ / Safety Limits / Top Speeds
I've been riding for almost 2 months and am coming up on 250 miles. Had a couple of wipe-outs earlier on, but looking back it was rider error and I had been wearing full pads so didn't really get hurt. I've been taking the board on commutes for about a month and a half. I ride in mission and have always respected the pushback which comes on around 16 mph and never pushing past it. For the past couple of weeks, I got really comfortable and stopped wearing the pads and only kept the helmet, boy was that a mistake. I was riding out to lunch yesterday, on the side walk, up a slight incline. I was accelerating to my normal speed, probably around 15-16 mph, and without warning the front dropped which sent me flying and I landed on my elbows. I was not wearing elbow pads/wrist guards so am left with nasty scrapes on my elbows and hands. I guess the lesson learned here is to always wear protective pads no matter how comfortable you get. But the disconcerting thing is I have been expecting the board to give pushback before nosedives, so I was not prepared for the nosedive at all.